51 UNIVERSITY Service Ends April 29th

Service will operate up to and including Tuesday April 29th, 2014. Service will not operate during the summer with service then resuming... More »

9 ROCK GARDENS Service Resumes May 11th

Spring service for 9 ROCK GARDENS will resume on Sunday, May 11th and run until Sunday, November 9th inclusive. More »

Progress in Hamilton

Metrolinx is investing in Hamilton to improve access to transit and help create an integrated transportation system for all in the GTHA. More »

 

Queensdale Construction Detours 22 UPPER OTTAWA – April 28 until July 2014

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Effective for the start of service on Monday, April 28, 2014 and until approximately the end of July 2014, there will be a full road closure of Queensdale Avenue from Upper Wentworth Street to Upper Sherman Avenue due to construction. As a result, route 22 UPPER OTTAWA buses will be on detour.

As a result of the construction and road closure, route 22 UPPER OTTAWA buses will be on detour.

Film Shoot Detours 34 UPPER PARADISE Apr 26 – May 2

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Effective for the start of service on Saturday, April 26, 2014 and until approximately 6:00pm on Friday, May 2, 2014 Queen Street from King Street to Main Street will be closed due to a film production.

Due to the closure, 34 UPPER PARADISE will need to be temporarily detoured during this time.

Staff Looking towards Articulated CNG Buses

New Flyer XN60 | Photo from New Flyer

New Flyer XN60 | Photo from New Flyer


Public Works staff presented a proposal today at the Public Works Committee to seek authorization to purchase eighteen 60′ articulated buses for the 2014 bus replacement order, instead of the 40′ buses. The presentation also included ordering buses fueled with natural gas (CNG) rather than diesel fuel, which is the fuel source in most of Hamilton’s current bus fleet.

The articulated buses would cost $15.5 million for the eighteen buses while traditional 40′ buses would cost the city $8.76 million.

The reasoning for the order are two-fold. Purchasing articulated buses will allow the HSR to increase capacity on several routes that continue to experience overcrowding and bypassing of intending transit users, most notably 2 BARTON and in the King-Main corridor. Articulated buses allow for extra capacity without the extra expenditure of more buses on the road and more drivers. The reasoning for the change proposal from diesel to natural gas is primarily a cost savings.

Queen Street Hill Closed April 22nd

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The City of Hamilton will be temporarily closing the Queen Street Hill (Beckett Drive) on Tuesday, April 22nd from 10:00am until noon. The closure comes following a minor rock slide that occurred last week on the Queen Street Hill. Hamilton’s Public Works Department will be undertaking a site inspection during this time as a precaution.

Due to the closure, 34 UPPER PARADISE will need to be temporarily detoured during this time.

4 BAYFRONT Detoured Weekdays Due to Construction [CANCELLED]

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Effective immediately and until further notice, all 4 BAYFRONT buses will be on a temporary detour between the hours of 12pm – 6pm on Monday thru Friday. This detour is as a result of heavy traffic on Nash and Barton due to lane restrictions and construction.

City Repainting Bus Lane Markings Soon

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As the temperatures start to get warmer, City crews are preparing to refresh the pavement markings in the transit-only lane that runs on the north side of King Street from Mary to New Streets.  The original markings were painted last October and the extreme conditions we experienced this winter caused the markings to fade earlier than expected. 

The markings are expected to be reapplied within the next several weeks when weather conditions are favourable.  Other improvements that are being made to the bus lane include:

Holiday Service Schedule for Easter Weekend

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As a reminder, the Hamilton Street Railway will be operating on a holiday schedule for the Good Friday on April 18th. On this date many routes will be operating with reduced frequencies while some routes will not be operating at all. The HSR will be operating on a regular Sunday schedule on Sunday April 20th for Easter Sunday and will be operating on a regular weekday schedule on Easter Monday, April 21st.

The following routes will not be in service on Good Friday or Easter Sunday:

Kenilworth Construction Detours 41 MOHAWK April 7th – July

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Effective Monday, April 7th, 2014 and until approximately the end of July, Kenilworth Avenue from south of Burlington Street to north of Dofasco Avenue will be closed due to construction.

Unlicensed Retailers Selling HSR Bus Tickets for Profit?

Different fare methods in Hamilton, including paper pass, tickets and Presto

HSR bus tickets are an alternative to paying cash when you board an HSR bus. Using tickets (or the PRESTO card) is a quicker way to pay and makes boarding the bus more efficient. Rather than fumbling with change at the farebox, and making sure that you have exact change, a ticket is quicker and easier. And it’s cheaper too. Using the PRESTO card or a bus ticket will cost an adult $2.00 rather than the $2.55 cash fare. A child ticket costs just $1.65.

But it’s come to my attention that there are some retailers which are overcharging for bus tickets. There is no mark-up for bus tickets and retailers are supposed to sell them at face value. Retailers don’t make any profit on selling tickets and passes. The benefit for retailers is the increased foot traffic in their business as those transit users who are buying tickets often make other purchases while they are there.

One concerned citizen who contacted the HSR was told to check if the retailer was one of those licensed to sell tickets. There are apparently various retailers who purchase tickets from stores, only to then resell them for profit.

City Planning Shuttles for the Pan Am Games

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It’s still in the planning stages, but the city is looking towards providing shuttle service during next year’s Pan Am Games. The buses will be used to shuttle spectators from the new James Street North GO station, the Hamilton GO Centre (Hunter Street) and the Pan Am Stadium. The shuttles would run on a circuit approximately 2-hours before each game and 2-hours after.

The city is also in the planning stages to provide game-day shuttle service, similar to the free Tiger-Cat Express buses.

“The message for the Games is that we are encouraging spectators to utilize public transportation and active transportation alternatives instead of using a car to enjoy the soccer events in Hamilton,” Alan Kirkpatrick said via email. “With a game-day ticket, spectators can ride public transportation for free, including GO Transit, HSR and the shuttle.”